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Hi,<br><br>Like your work especially the survival crossbow you recently demoed! ( Does that get me the back pack? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">. While I appreciate you probably really enjoy the craftsmanship which goes in to your slingshots have you considered 3D printing them? A German company (german reprap gmbh) has recently started selling wood/pla filament which means its possible to print wood!<br>Google LAYWOO-D3 printable wood, I would provide the link but I'm too new to the forum.<br><br>I, like many others have built and am experimenting with a prusa mendle & would love the change to print a small sling shot.<br><br>Regards,<br><br>Bow
 

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Actually, I have contacted a 3D printer manufacturer and suggested a cooperation. Haven't heard back yet. <br><br>I think this would certainly work, but I am not competent with the 3D design needed for a printable file.
 

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Hi Joerg,<br><br>I have a 3D printer & am currently learning Solidworks which is a 3D modelling program. While I am still very much learing the program it would be good to have a nice project to work with. <br><br>The parameters of the printer are 200mm cubed so any thing within that can be easily printed. Do you have any small, more mechanical slingshots that I could experiment with?<br><br>Google: 'thingiverse' and search for slingshot on the site, I'm printing the red one as I type<br><br>Feel free to fire any questions you have.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>Bowen
 

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i thought of that when i was working on one, did not get to asking if i could make something big like a slingshot, cool that you have your own
 

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I've built it as a home project, now trying to learn the software which is 10 times tougher than building the printer!
 

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That looks cool! Neat technology. Knowing little about it, how is it for strength? My thinking being that it doesn't have a "grain" like wood for strength. This is why MDF(medium density fiberboard), being non-structured granules, doesn't make a good SS unless you rely on mass, but then you're out of the realm of functionality. <br>Is it printed around a structural frame?
 

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I would go plastic all the way, i don't think printed wood will hold up just like bert
 

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<span class="postbody"><br><br>Yep. People are successfully printing lower receivers for AR-15 rifles out of plastic that are lasting several hundreds of rounds without changing tolerances. A slingshot made of plastic via this same technology would be awesome and likely last pretty much forever. Imagine all the freaky and cool designs that could be made without having to make all sorts of moulds, etc. When 3d printing becomes truly accessible and affordable to the "average" person, a new world of creativity will be opened up. Exciting stuff to think about, no doubt. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6"><br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>Lol. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"></span>
 

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Hi all,<br><br>I would say that 3D printing already is in the realm of affordability for average people. The kit which I have was bought from the reprap kit store (no pitch intended) was £420. While that is not cheap nor does it break the bank, especially when compared to prices 4 years ago.<br><br>@ bert the welder, With regard to the Lawoo 3D printed wood. I have yet to receive it and test but due to the way 3D printers work you have almost full control of what could be considered the 'grain' of the print. One thought is that its possibly stronger due to the fibrous structure of the wood being combined with PLA (the type of plastic the printer uses) and aligned via the printing process. <br><br>It also means that any post print modifications are easier as it can be treated like wood where as PLA needs acetone to easily surface finish.<br><br>Ill keep you posted.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>Bow
 

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Hello Bow,<br>which 3D data do you need. If you are interested i can send you some data`s from my design´s and you can play with them.<br>It´s for free<br><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
 

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<span class="postbody"><br><br>I dunno.....bad back, bad knees......maybe I can have some new parts printed out. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br><br>Thanks for the info Bow. Looking forward to seeing more from you. Interesting tech and yeah, 420 euro is not that bad. I'll look up video's on YT. Interested to see more of this. I guess if simple design software becomes more available people could just email you what they want and you could print off however many they specify. Water jet/ laser/ plasma cutting shops can do this now.</span>
 

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@ slingpit, if you go to the thingiverse.com you can see the various types of things which people are printing. <br><br>If your exporting files out of a 3D design package then they need to be .stl for the printer to read. <br><br>Cheers,<br><br>B
 

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If you are interessted,i can send you some files.<br>Inventor is possible to save the data as .stl.<br>And don´t worry about learning Solid Works it´s very difficult.<br>I´m still learning Inventor and i use it nearly every day.
 

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<br>I dunno.....bad back, bad knees......maybe I can have some new parts printed out. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br>
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>Lol. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"> Who knows, one day they may have a 3D biological printer that will print you up a whole new body. Just save your memories and personality to a computer and then download them to the new body when your old one wears out. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_scratch.png" alt="scratch" longdesc="33"></span>
 

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@ Slingpit, Sure I'm interested in printing your designs. <br>Send your stl's to bowenhendy(at) hotmail.co.uk<br><br>As for biological printing, its already happening. Think they have managed to get some basic heart tissue (cells) to print and bond with living cells. <br><br>Brave new world, <br><br>B
 

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What turned out? Did it work? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
 
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